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Call for Tasmanians to Help ‘Buy the Farm’

Liz A charity is calling on Tasmanians to unite and ensure the former Hayes Prison Farm remains for the benefit of society.

Speculation is rife the valuable property will be

sold before the election with the government asking for $3.3 million. Retired schoolteacher Elizabeth Coleman and her Freedom Centre charity have been appealing to the government to lease them the Derwent Valley property. They want to use it as a rehabilitation village and farm for Tasmania's parolees, but claim the plea has fallen on deaf ears. The Freedom Centre's Elizabeth Coleman says the state will never be the same if her vision of a rehabilitation farm for former prisoners comes to fruition. “To be able to go back to their families and say, ‘Well, here I am, I’m a new man now,’ ” she said. “I’m hoping that I might be able to put this vision into every heart of every person who is listening so that we can rise up and the people of Tasmania can have a say.”

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